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Belron Global Conference Speakers 2020

Nicklas Bergman, Founder, Funder, Futurist

An entrepreneur and technology investor, Nicklas aims to understand where technology is taking us and if we are ready for the upcoming tech storm. 

Nicklas is the strategic advisor to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the European Innovation Council. He is also the Scandinavian representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC. 

Drawing on his experiences helping motor manufacturers map out the future of the car industry, combined with his knowledge of how businesses develop and launch new technologies, Nicklas will explore key trends in the automotive sector and who is driving their introduction.

As a writer, Nicklas is interested in the merger of technology, society and business. In 2016 Nicklas published a book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective: Surviving the Tech Storm - Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty. In 2018, he published his latest book Navigating the Tech Storm, the business impact of technology beyond the hype.

Find out more about Nicklas.

Dr Helena Boschi, Psychologist & Educator

Helena is a psychologist who focuses on applied neuroscience in the workplace. Her aim is to bring a scientific edge to ‘softer’ skills and to create a practical context for the latest developments in psychology and neuroscience. 

As we move to increasingly autonomous driving, will we be able to embrace this change or will our brain block its adoption? Will we be able to 100% trust a fully autonomous car?  Would you take your hands off the wheel and answer emails at 100 kilometers an hour? And would it make a difference if your family were in the car with you? 

Technological advances will make autonomous driving possible but it still relies on humans to put their trust and their lives in the hands of a machine.

Helena will focus on how we as humans, cope with change. Helena will share how the brain works and the influence this has on how we accept or reject new technologies.

Helena has held senior talent management and development positions within international companies and now works with different organisations all over the world. She is a member of the British Psychological Society. Helena has recently investigated the impact of chronic stress on brain function at work and has just published a book called Why we do what we do. 

Anders Indset, Business Philosopher

Anders is one of the world's leading business philosophers. A trusted sparring partner to international CEOs and political leaders, he is known for his unconventional way of thinking, his provocative theses and his ‘rock star’ attitude. He says: “Our Leaders of today need the philosophy of the past, paired with the scientific knowledge and technology of tomorrow.”

With technology changing at an exponential rate, Anders will bring together the worlds of business and philosophy to challenge us to think differently when dealing  with our constantly changing situation. In his inspiring keynote session he will share how you can become a leader of change in these fast moving times by applying practical philosophy to personal leadership

Anders is the author of two international business best sellers: Wild Knowledge - Outthink the Revolution and Quantum Economy - What comes after Digital?

Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers, regarded as the “Oscars of Management Thinking" by many, has recognised Anders on the Radar 2018 as one of 30 Global Thinkers "most likely to shape the future of how organisations are managed and led”. 

Find out more about Anders.

Dr Christoph Lauterwasser, Managing Director, Allianz Center for Technology

Dr Lauterwasser joined Allianz in 1994 where he held several positions all related to the impact of technology on risk, underwriting and claims. Since 2007, he has been Managing Director of the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT Automotive GmbH), a centre of competence for automotive technology. 

The AZT is active in crash and accident research, studies on road safety, as well as in repair studies for vehicles, vehicle security and training of experts. Recent new projects include dynamic testing of driver assistance systems, joint projects with OEM on vehicle automation and investigations of vehicle IT security.

As we move towards ever more autonomous driving and increased use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), there will be implications for accident frequency and severity, and resulting vehicle repair costs. Are reduced total accident costs on the way and if so how soon will we start seeing the benefits?

In his session, Dr Lauterwasser will share insights and research on the benefits of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, in terms of claims frequency, severity, and issues such as the recalibration and robustness of these systems. Dr Lauterwasser is a member of the German Type Classification Committee for Motor Vehicles. He is Chairman of the Steering Committee of RCAR, a global association of insurance research centres. He holds a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Munich. 

Adam L’Italien, SVP, Global Retail Markets Innovation & Head of Solaria Labs, Liberty Mutual

Adam leads innovation for Liberty Mutual’s Global Retail Markets, including Solaria Labs in Boston, Singapore, and São Paolo. Solaria is Liberty’s Innovation center focused on launching new digital insurance offerings and products that expand protection to the consumer in new ways beyond insurance. Areas of focus include the future of mobility, shelter, commerce and new forms of protection for life’s biggest investments and events.  

We are all faced with the challenge of fostering an environment of innovation. Is the answer to establish in house innovation labs, partnering with agile startups or both?

Adam will present a case study from Liberty Mutual Insurance, one of the largest US insurance companies, on Solaria Labs. Solaria Labs was created with one simple mandate: to bring disruptive innovations that make a better, safer future by building and testing experimental new products based on customer-centric research around emerging trends. Adam will share with us a view of their way of working and give some concrete examples of their achievements.

Liberty’s innovation programs have been recognised by organisations including BostInno’s 50 on Fire, EFMA-Accenture Innovation in Insurance, and the SMA Innovation in Action Award for sustainable corporate innovation. The products have also featured in media outlets such as The New York Times and VentureBeat.

Founded in 1912, Liberty Mutual is a global leader in property and casualty insurance, focused on helping people preserve and protect what they earn, build, own, and cherish.

Gary Lubner, CEO, Belron

Gary was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Belron in 2000. In his career at Belron, Gary has helped to transform the company into the worlds leading vehicle glass repair and replacement group serving in several senior positions including Managing Director of Autoglass® the Group’s UK business between 1995–1999 and COO of Belron responsible for its European operations. During his tenure as CEO, Belron has grown sales and profits five times and expanded into new products, geographies, lines of business and service delivery models.

Prior to Belron, Gary spent nine years at PGSI in South Africa in several executive positions including Managing Director of PG Masterfit.

Early in his career Gary qualified a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen. He has an MBA from the London Business School and is a graduate of the University of Cape Town. Gary is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust. 

Gary will be opening our conference.

Dr Kjell Nordström, Investor & Entrepreneur

Dr Kjell A. Nordström is the interpreter of the new business world. His dynamic style has made him a highly appreciated speaker, and he has given keynote presentations in over 100 countries. The Global Gurus Top 30 Management ranking put him at number 23 worldwide and among the top 5 in Europe. Kjell is not your typical business guru – his revolutionary message is delivered in a revolutionary way.

Kjell will both inspire and challenge us with thought provoking insights on the global transformation from ‘countries to cities’. Exploring the shift where the future population lives, works and where their loyalties lie and how this growing urbanisation will impact economies and corporations. Kjell will also consider the impact on transportation as the urban population grows.

Kjell suggests that our time is unique. We are probably at the beginning – not even the middle – of the fastest business model transformation since the 1850s.  

Kjell has 25 years’ experience working with multinational companies and has served as an adviser and consultant to several large multinationals around the world. He has published four books and numerous articles on the internationalisation process of firms and holds a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Find out more about Kjell.

Sandy Schwartz, President, Cox Automotive

Sandy is President of Cox Automotive, a global automotive services and software company. Under his leadership, he has assembled and integrated a family of brands that together make car dealers more successful and car buyers more satisfied, including auto industry leaders such as Autotrader,, Dealertrack, incadea, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, NextGear Capital, vAuto and Xtime. 

Sandy will share his knowledge and perspective on current changes in the car ownership model and the constantly evolving mobility demands and solutions. These developments will have, and already have had, a significant effect on traditional vehicle purchasing, ownership and usage. Sandy will give his views on how that will have a direct influence on all our operating models and how Cox Automotive is responding.

A self-confessed “car guy,” in his 30 years at Cox Automotive, Sandy has grown the company to $20 billion revenue and 60,000 employees. He also orchestrated the blockbuster acquisition of Dealertrack and in a $4 billion, all-cash deal that was the largest in Cox Enterprises’ 100+ year history. Alongside this, he fosters a family first ethic and an open culture that routinely ranks Cox Automotive among the best places to work. 

Also at our conference:

Our conference will also include inspiring sessions on:

- Multi-generational workforce – how does Generation X understand and lead Generation Z? We examine the generations in the workplace and how to navigate their different motivations and needs.

- The move to Level 3 autonomous driving – where are we on the journey to Level 3 autonomous driving and what are some of the consequences of this progress?

- Sustainability - how businesses need to think beyond just the bottom line in a world that’s facing its biggest challenge.


Look out for more information to follow soon.